Whether it’s Michelin stars or homely Italian food you’re after (served with the obligatory glass of fizz, of course) then look no further for Mother’s Day dining inspiration in South West London…
1 The Castle, Tooting
What used to be a dingy boozer in the middle of Tooting is now a gastro pub with light and airy decor, and a laid-back Sunday atmosphere perfect for a long Mother’s Day lunch. Choose from a whole chicken to share, pork belly, lamb or beef, and veggie options, but make sure you leave room for one of the excellent handmade deserts (yes, Grand Marnier chocolate fondant with white chocolate ice cream, we’re looking at you).
38 Tooting High Street SW17 0RG; castletooting.com
2 The Manor, Clapham
If your mum is a would-be hipster, book into The Dairy or The Manor, Clapham’s infamous sister restaurants. Menus are inventive and bursting with unusual, seasonal ingredients, while the atmosphere is distinctly cool and trendy. You might feel like you’ve ventured to Shoreditch, but you’re still safely cosseted in south-west London.
The Dairy, 15 The Pavement SW4 0HY; the-dairy.co.uk
The Manor, 148 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6BX; themanorclapham.co.uk
3 Marco Polo, Wandsworth
Wandsworth’s riverside favourite offers a warm welcome to families, and serves Italian food that’s smart, but with definite undertones of ‘how mamma used to make it’. If the sun’s shining (we can hope) take a seat on the fairy-light strewn terrace outside, or book a table on the chic mezzanine inside, and tuck into spaghetti vongole and pan-fried calf’s liver, served with a side of Italian hospitality.
Eastfields Avenue SW18 1LP; marcopolo.uk.net
4 Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Common
The one to choose if you’re really pushing the boat out, the Michelin-starred Chez Bruce on Bellevue Parade stalwart has stood firm as one of south-west London’s finest dining establishments for over 20 years, and the reasons are clear – impeccable service, serene setting and, of course, remarkable food with a French accent. Posh frocks and advance booking essential.
2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG; chezbruce.co.uk
5 Côte, Wimbledon Village
Want to swap ‘ladies who lunch’ for ‘ladies who brunch’? Try a slap-up start to the day at Côte in Wimbledon Village – the smart brasserie has a menu full of breakfast treats, from French toast with fruit salad to crêpes with bacon and gruyère cheese, as well as the all-important breakfast cocktails. It’s perfect fuel for a stroll around the nearby boutiques where you may be tempted to buy your ma a special gift…
8 High Street, Wimbledon Village SW19 5DX; cote-restaurants.co.uk